The first day of one of my favorite months and it’s almost Friday, this week is looking up. As we continue to settle into fall weather, I’m increasingly looking at my budget to get a Vita Mix for warmer, smoother soups and smoothies. I’m also drooling over new fall boots while reminding myself I have plenty of those already! Another thing fall brings in cheap plentiful quantities here is squash, apples and nuts, some more of my favorite seasonal things. I still have seal-packed walnuts from last year, but I’ll be going through them faster this year for raw recipes.
Another thing October brings is bowls of Halloween candy all over the workplace. Though, that’s not so much a problem in IT, we’re too cheap to bring it in and mooch off of HR and accounting. That’s a good thing for me, less temptation! I did pretty good last year and am striving for no candy this year. Sugar seems to work like an addicting drug for me, as long as I don’t indulge in that first piece, cravings are not a problem. I’m hoping being on a more balanced diet will make it easier this year further reducing cravings.
Since I am perfectly capable of making a mess of the kitchen, I’ve signed up for VEGANMOFO this year and am excited about this new reason to love October even more! Hopefully some adventurous raw recipes will come from this and many includding one of my favorite fall ingredients – pumpkin!
Tonight I tweaked the basic spinach soup recipe and turned it into a fine, smooth silk somehow using my KitchenAid blender. The recipe is:
- 3 cups spinach leaves
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp. of white miso
- half lemon squeezed
- 1 medium avocado
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. dill (optional)
Toss all ingredients into a blender and mix to desired smoothness. I left the KitchenAid on puree to about 30 seconds and ended up with this:
It was very good, the spinach flavor was not over powering and it had a nice lemon flavor. This is a great way to condense and consume spinach, which gets tiring in leaf format in salads. And check out the beautiful color! I don’t think I’ve ever seem candy that was such a vibrant shade of green!